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2013

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Entre El Juego Y La Memoria: El Detective Y La Ciudad En La Narrativa Neo Policiaca De Paco Ignacio Taibo Ii Y Leonardo Padura Fuentes., Carlos Pardo Oct 2013

Entre El Juego Y La Memoria: El Detective Y La Ciudad En La Narrativa Neo Policiaca De Paco Ignacio Taibo Ii Y Leonardo Padura Fuentes., Carlos Pardo

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This dissertation examines the development of the characters in the detective series of Paco Ignacio Taibo II (Mexico) and Leonardo Padura Fuentes (Cuba) and their relationship with their Hispanic-American cities: Mexico D.F. and Havana. To accomplish it, this dissertation initially deals with the connection between the “neo policiaco” and the narrative tradition that precedes it: the classical detective story or whodunit and the American hardboiled crime story, as well as its link with Spanish contemporary detective fiction. As a result, the Hispanic-American “neo policiaco” explores new possibilities of detective narratives in which complex characters and the Hispanic American city ...


Setting As Character In Dickens And Dostoevsky, Allegra Wozniak Oct 2013

Setting As Character In Dickens And Dostoevsky, Allegra Wozniak

First-Year Writing Contest

No abstract provided.


Willa Cather, Edith Lewis, And Collaboration: The Southwestern Novels Of The 1920s And Beyond, Melissa J. Homestead Oct 2013

Willa Cather, Edith Lewis, And Collaboration: The Southwestern Novels Of The 1920s And Beyond, Melissa J. Homestead

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

In Willa Cather: A Memoir, Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant makes Edith Lewis, with whom Cather shared a home for nearly four decades, a relatively minor character in Cather’s life, and yet occasionally, Lewis moves to the forefront. Describing Cather’s “personal life” in the 1920s, Sergeant notes that when she visited their Five Bank Street apartment,

Edith Lewis, who now worked at the J. Walter Thompson Company, was always at dinner. One realized how much her companionship meant to Willa. A captain, as Will White of Emporia said … must have a first officer, who does a lot the captain never ...


Magic(Infra)Realism: Jetztzeiten Of Believability And Latin American History In García Márquez’S Cien Años De Soledad And Otoño Del Patriarca., Katarzyna Jasinski Sep 2013

Magic(Infra)Realism: Jetztzeiten Of Believability And Latin American History In García Márquez’S Cien Años De Soledad And Otoño Del Patriarca., Katarzyna Jasinski

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This thesis examines the idea of Colombian history as ‘random coincidence’ in Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad and El otoño del patriarca. Walter Benjamin’s Theses on the Philosophy of History and Michel Foucault’s Nietzsche, Genealogy, History provide the theoretical framework for the research. This thesis examines magic realism as a way of representing the true invisible past of Latin America. The combination of Foucault’s concept of genealogy, Walter Benjamin’s ‘messianic historical materialism’ and García Márquez’s ‘magic realism’ demonstrates that the combination of living and telling produce a Jetztzeit of believability that redeems ...


Transference Vol. 1, Summer 2013 Aug 2013

Transference Vol. 1, Summer 2013

Transference

Transference is published by the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. Dedicated to the celebration of poetry in translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek and Latin, Japanese, and Russian into English verse. Transference contains translations as well as commentaries on the art and process of translating.


Review Of Janine Barchas, Matters Of Fact In Jane Austen: History, Location, And Celebrity, Laura White Jul 2013

Review Of Janine Barchas, Matters Of Fact In Jane Austen: History, Location, And Celebrity, Laura White

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

Janine Barchas’s thought-provoking study of Austen’s naming practices unearths a wealth of historical antecedents for Austen’s characters and posits an Austen whose gamesmanship with the names of persons and places rivals the knowingness and playfulness of James Joyce. In earlier decades, such a highly ambitious and wide-reaching work could not have been accomplished except through protracted antiquarian research. Web scholarship, however, has made it possible for Barchas to uncover in a relatively short time a remarkable array of the many interconnected historical figures bearing such names as Wentworth, Darcy, Vernon, Ferrars, Allen, and Dashwood whose heroic exploits ...


Intersections In Immanence: Spinoza, Deleuze, Negri, Abigail Lowe May 2013

Intersections In Immanence: Spinoza, Deleuze, Negri, Abigail Lowe

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research: Department of English

The connection between French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and Italian political theorist Antonio Negri has drawn attention in academic publications over the last decade. For both thinkers, the philosophical concept of immanence is central to how both respectively conceptualize the world. However, in order to consider their work with regard to a metaphysical grounding, one may benefit from turning to each thinker’s engagement with Jewish Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza whose immanent ontology, or monism, was indeed his Ethics. This essay concentrates on drawing out an ontological distinction between the philosophical projects of Deleuze and Negri by way of a close ...


Who We Are: Incarcerated Students And The New Prison Literature, 1995-2010, Reilly Hannah N. Lorastein May 2013

Who We Are: Incarcerated Students And The New Prison Literature, 1995-2010, Reilly Hannah N. Lorastein

Honors Projects

This project focuses on American prison writings from the late 1990s to the 2000s. Much has been written about American prison intellectuals such as Malcolm X, George Jackson, Eldridge Cleaver, and Angela Davis, who wrote as active participants in black and brown freedom movements in the United States. However the new prison literature that has emerged over the past two decades through higher education programs within prisons has received little to no attention. This study provides a more nuanced view of the steadily growing silent population in the United States through close readings of Openline, an inter-disciplinary journal featuring poetry ...


Life Inside The Spectacle: David Foster Wallace, George Saunders, And Storytelling In The Age Of Entertainment, John Hawkins May 2013

Life Inside The Spectacle: David Foster Wallace, George Saunders, And Storytelling In The Age Of Entertainment, John Hawkins

Masters Theses

This project explores George Saunders's In Persuasion Nation and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest as interventionary literature. The thesis asserts that the two works confront the problems of isolation and dehumanization created by entertainment-based consumerism; they do so by depicting satirically exaggerated consumer societies and placing well-developed, sympathetic characters in those settings. The thesis includes a consideration of Jameson and deBord's theories of spectacle and Wallace's stated concerns with postmodern irony as an ineffective form of critique.


Spice Sisters: Religion, Freedom And Escape Of Women In African American And Indian Literatures, Lovely Koshy May 2013

Spice Sisters: Religion, Freedom And Escape Of Women In African American And Indian Literatures, Lovely Koshy

Masters Theses

This thesis focuses on women in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and Rabindranath Tagore's three short stories. Hansberry writes during a period in America when racism, segregation, and black migration to the North weighed heavy upon the psyche of black women. Tagore writes during a time when British control, sati system, caste system, and dharma leave Indian women voiceless. Both express their disagreement with entrenched norms and institutions that have been in place for hundreds of years, a task that initially may seem to be an impossible undertaking, and unlikely to bring about expected change. This ...


Infanticide And The Anxious Silence Of “Language As Such”, Kevin Godbout Mar 2013

Infanticide And The Anxious Silence Of “Language As Such”, Kevin Godbout

Modern Languages and Literatures Annual Graduate Conference

No abstract provided.


Review Of Takhyil: The Imaginary In Classical Arabic Poetics, Rebecca Gould Jan 2013

Review Of Takhyil: The Imaginary In Classical Arabic Poetics, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Zadam Bede’S Dutch Realism And The Novelist’S Point Of View, Rebecca Gould Jan 2013

Zadam Bede’S Dutch Realism And The Novelist’S Point Of View, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Laws, Exceptions, Norms: Kierkegaard, Schmitt, And Benjamin On The Exception, Rebecca Gould Jan 2013

Laws, Exceptions, Norms: Kierkegaard, Schmitt, And Benjamin On The Exception, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Topographies Of Anticolonialism: The Ecopoetical Sublime In The Caucasus From Tolstoy To Mamakaev, Rebecca Gould Jan 2013

Topographies Of Anticolonialism: The Ecopoetical Sublime In The Caucasus From Tolstoy To Mamakaev, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Inimitability Versus Translatability: The Structure Of Literary Meaning In Arabo-Persian Poetics, Rebecca Gould Jan 2013

Inimitability Versus Translatability: The Structure Of Literary Meaning In Arabo-Persian Poetics, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


The Wolf-Girl Nomadic: Becoming-Animal And Post-Human Feminine Subjectivity In Angela Carter’S "Peter And The Wolf", Cary C. Haun Jan 2013

The Wolf-Girl Nomadic: Becoming-Animal And Post-Human Feminine Subjectivity In Angela Carter’S "Peter And The Wolf", Cary C. Haun

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Calling upon a post-structuralist post-humanist account of Angela Carter’s short story “Peter and the Wolf,” it is necessary to take an approach such as this in order to facilitate the articulation of potentiality as well as explore different perspectives through Carter’s use of animals in her “re-tellings.” With this in mind, one can allow her work to flow freely through multiple disciplines and discourses such that, like the animals she writes about, a nomadic feminine subjectivity would be better suited for examining the benefits of its methodological practicality. When re-telling a story from not only a feminine perspective ...


Cutting The Purity In Sweet Diamond Dust: Translating Identity In Maldito Amor, Jennifer Ann Delaney Jan 2013

Cutting The Purity In Sweet Diamond Dust: Translating Identity In Maldito Amor, Jennifer Ann Delaney

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Rosario Ferre’s successful polyphonic novella Maldito amor depicts the nebulous concept of a collective Puerto Rican identity. Yet, Ferré’s own English translation of Maldito amor (Sweet Diamond Dust) subverts many of the issues associated with the search for Puerto Rican identity. In Maldito amor, Ferré addresses issues of race, political affiliations, and the role of women in Puerto Rico insightfully as they remain unresolved. Sweet Diamond Dust also explores these themes, but they are undercut by the didactic descriptions, diluted racial discourse, and pro-American sentiments. Ferré’s stated objective in translating the novella was to provide an English ...


This Is A True Story: Confession And Discourse In Marcel Proust’S La Prisonnière, Jeffrey Joseph Bellomi Jan 2013

This Is A True Story: Confession And Discourse In Marcel Proust’S La Prisonnière, Jeffrey Joseph Bellomi

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The purpose of this thesis is to explore the relation between the Foucauldian concepts of truth and confession and their place within modern literature. By focusing on Marcel Proust’s La Prisonnière in particular, the intention is to examine how confession operates as a productive source of truth in an art form that by its very definition appears to resist the categorization of “truthful”. What makes Proust’s work especially critical to this is analysis is how its autobiographical elements and rhetorical devices entwine themselves with the art of confession and both expand as well as complicate the notion of ...


Lifting Belly: The Language Of (In)Visibility, Christine Scanlon Jan 2013

Lifting Belly: The Language Of (In)Visibility, Christine Scanlon

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.